CASE-ing the Catty #216 – But wait, there’s more Sale-A-Bration

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Hello and welcome once again to your Sunday night inspiration-a-rama with the Case-ing the Catty Crew! I’m so glad you’re here, hopefully having hopped on over from the lovely Rachel. This week it’s more Sale-A-Bration CASE-ing, but with a whole new set of products to CASE with the second SAB release this month.



Despite all the new goodies on offer, I have returned to a project I used for an earlier CTC post as well. Like so many of the beautiful examples in the Stampin’Up! catalogues this has been the jumping off point for many different projects.


This time it served as a reminder about the fabulous acetate boxes from the Annual Catalogue. I have a tidy little stash of these because I have found them so useful for so many different things, from storage to packaging. They are of course perfectly sized to hold a number of cards and envelopes, which is what I have done this week, using them to package up a gift set for a friend’s birthday.


The design for the cards I included in this gift pack is CASEd from the amazing Wendy Crawford – she shows you a great tip for stamping the colour onto the butterflies in her post. I chose to colour my butterflies with Stampin’ Blends, because adult colouring in time makes me happy.


The cards are a simple design of a Thick Whisper White base, Basic Black, and then a strip of the black and white butterflies from the Botanical Butterfly DSP (free with a $90 purchase during Sale-A-Bration).


My collection of sentiments are white embossed on black and punched with the petite label punch. The stamp set is the retired but much used in my craft room set “And Many More”. I really must treat myself to the new Itty Bitty Greetings set. The small sentiments for every occasion are just so useful to have around.


The idea is that the recipient can add the appropriate sentiment to the card to suit the occasion they need a card for. They are each mounted on a couple of mini dimensionals.

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Pop them all together in an acetate box with matcing whisper white envelopes, like so.


And you have a cute and very practical gift for someone. There’s really no limit to the type of card collection you can do this with.


Do you give cards as gifts as well? I know a few of my card-making friends do this and they are always much appreciated gifts.

Keep on hopping along now to Julia Quinn to see her shiny creation this week.

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Paper Adventures Team Hop – Sketch Challenge


Hello Paper Adventurers! Welcome to your next stop along on our hop this month. If you’ve already hopped on over from our guest designer Zoe and the fabulous Kelly, thanks for keeping the hop going, and make sure you keep going after this.

Tonight I’m sharing with you a special card I’ve made for my husband’s birthday, which is tomorrow. The handsome devil annoyingly never seems to age.


This is the fabulous sketch that Kelly came up with.


When Kelly first showed us her sketch my first thought was that it was perfect for layering the fabulous new stitched rectangles which I have been using on nearly every card lately. But in the end I just went with traditional matt layers cut on the old fashioned trimmer!


This card was actually very simple to create since it uses several patterns from the Classic Garage DSP (from the 2019 Occasions Catalogue). Stampin’ Up! make it so easy to put together a project like this with DSP collections which coordinate so well. The base card is Basic Gray with several of the papers layered on top, finishing with this fun pattern covered in gauges (which I thought was reminiscent of the circles in the sketch).


For the large circle, I used the largest of the circles from the stitched shapes. It fits perfectly around the large circle from the Swirly Frames and together they reminded me of a speed gauge, playing off the DSP. I’ve used black embossing powder and the black foil form the Holiday Catalogue (retired) to cut the numbers out. The two look so great together, shiny and bold.


As you can see I’ve stuck quite close to the original sketch, and the colour palette from the Classic Garage suite.


I love the way a sketch challenge can result in so many different looks, so I’ll be hopping along next to the super talented Lisa to see what she’s come up with. Make sure you keep on hopping right through to see all the creations as well.



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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop February 2019 – Sketch
Zoe Tant (Guest Designer)
Siobhan Fitzsimmons – you are here!
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XOXO, Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day, all you lovely people!

V-Day isn’t really a huge deal in our marriage. Both our birthdays are close to V-Day and our anniversary not much later, so we tend to make a bigger deal of those celebrations. But any day is a good excuse for a card, right? And cake. There’s always a good excuse for cake that you can find.


Valentine’s Day cards tend to skew heavily towards the pink and feminine, but that doesn’t really work for giving to the Mr. He’s not really the pink and feminine type. Masculine lovey-dovey cards are definitely more of a challenge to make, don’t you think? It can be hard to get the balance right. Fortunately, this is one of those ones that worked out as well in real life as it did in my head when I was thinking about this.


When I was looking through the rather divine new Needlepoint Nook DSP (from the 2019 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalogue) I thought that this beautiful stitched pattern also kinda looked like a series of tiny X’s and O’s, aka hugs and kisses. Taking this as my motif I cut some X’s and O’s using my beloved Large Letters Framelits (seriously, The Best Dies Of All Time) and offset those on a complimentary panel of DSP from the Twinkle Twinkle DSP which has hearts and stars on it so is suitably lovey-dovey in a totally masculine way.


This colour combo of Night of Navy, Pool Party, and Whisper White is always a winner. The colours work so beautifully together. They inspired me to take a series of photos using those colours, with a little brown thrown into the mix.


I love to mix my paper crafting and photography hobbies. Sometimes a photo provides the inspiration for a card, and sometimes the other way around!


Hope you all have a beautiful day, whether Valentine’s Day celebrations are on the agenda or not.






CASE-ing the Catty #215 – How Sweet It Is

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Hello all you sweet people and welcome to your next stop in this week’s Case-ing The Catty Crew blog hop. Are you craving a cupcake or a lollipop yet? No doubt you are inspired to create some bright and fun cards with this week’s projects, using the How Sweet It Is section of the catalogue as our inspiration this week.

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Sadly there has been very little crafting time for me in the last two weeks as I’ve had my two little ones sick with a yucky cold. Summer colds are just the worst, aren’t they? Too hot to bunker down in bed all day, which is what you really want to do. So my card this morning was made in a few stolen moments  – the perfect time to CASE a design. I absolutely love the bright and fun How Sweet It Is DSP and the card at the top of the above catalogue image really caught my eye.


To switch it up a bit I took the design of the sample card and changed it to be a fun fold card. I folded the front panel back in half and adhered some layered rectangles as a front panel,  using two nestled inside each other to make a frame for the very front.


The gorgeous purple confetti paper is used on the back and front panels, the Coastal Cabana spots on the front, and the sweetie jar is fussy cut straight from the DSP. Yes, I fussy cut something (insert shocked gasp here). The matching dies will cut these elements out neatly but I don’t have those so fussy cutting it was! The layering of the elements pretty much follows the catty example exactly, but the fun fold puts a bit of a different spin on it.


A panel of Whisper White is adhered to the very back for writing on. This way there is still plenty of space for writing a greeting without it interfering with the look of the card when displayed or seen from the front.


These bright, fun colours are so sweet! I love the way the coordinating colours and patterns make it so easy to layer together for a fun project. And it’s even easier when the catty gives you such great examples to CASE!

Keep on hopping along to see more gorgeous projects this week, with Michelle’s fun card up next.

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